Second Trimester

I’m Back In The Mood For Sex, But I Feel Different Down There. Why?

I'm finally back in the mood for sex... but things feel a little different down there. What's going on?

Good news! Thanks to raging hormones and (hopefully) decreasing fatigue and nausea, your libido is rebounding nicely from the first trimester fade. In fact, some women find these middle months bring the best sex not just of their pregnancy but of their lives. Keep in mind, though, that the changes in your body certainly don’t skip your private parts.

Due to an increase in blood flow to the muscles and lining in your vagina, it can make things feel fuller down below. Some women find this pleasurable; others, uncomfortable. Lubrication and vaginal secretion will naturally increase, which again can be either nice or a nuisance. Try not to panic if you experience bleeding or spotting after sex. The increased blood flow to your cervix can result in broken blood vessels at its tip. Avoid deep penetration to lessen this disturbing (but harmless) occurrence, but don’t hesitate to call the doctor if you’re especially concerned.

It’s also important to let your partner know about the changes you’re experiencing. Your breasts and genitals are increasingly sensitive, and a touch to the same spot might feel extremely pleasurable one day and incredibly uncomfortable the next. Don’t be afraid to give your partner careful instructions—they can’t know what feels good unless you tell them.

By Paula Kashtan